Since I’ve been cross stitching more lately, I have been on line looking at more of it too. Why I do that…I’m not sure. I should just sit and work on what I already have. Anyway, in the fall I was online and ended up seeing the website Zappy Dots.
I ended up seeing something there called a “Needle Nanny”. I saw other cross stitchers talking about them and ended up ordering one….
There are LOTS to choose from. I ended up picking this one. It’s made using a cross stitch design from Lizzie Kate the cross stitch designer I really like.
The Needle Nanny is a decorative super strong magnet. The purpose of it is to hold a needle for small scissors….Here it is holding mine.
The magnet is SUPER strong.
Here’s a picture I hijacked from their website. They make them for quilters too.
See how the magnet is attached to this gals jean jacket. It doesn’t make a hole in clothing AND it holds pins or a scissors so they are close at hand. I adore mine and use it lots. I ended up ordering one for Kelli…and one for a couple others as gifts.
Kelli wants to someday stitch this…
It turns out Zappy Dots had a Needle Nanny of this piece so I ordered one for Kelli.
Well fast forward to a couple weeks ago. I was stitching. This is what I use do hold my charts…this magnetic ruler and the DMC floss magnet.
I used to have a really nice gauge ruler. It had a linen fabric count gauge on it, was magnetic and I used it to hold my charts to the metal….Well somehow it got lost.
That’s when an idea hit me….
What if Zappy Dots made a gauge magnet. It could be long and skinny like the magnets I use to hold my charts. It could have the gauge markings along the edge. They could put the long skinny designs that Lizzie Kate and other designers make in the center. So I’d have a cute decorative magnet that would hold my chart AND I could use it as the seam gauge. Oh I loved the idea….but alas…they don’t make them.
For about 30 seconds I thought…AH. I could invent something. Then I though NO GIRLFRIEND..YOU HAVE ENOUGH going on in your life.
I went online and looked up some of the designs….Here’s a few examples of the long skinny designs she does.
I did a little more research. Other designers did long narrow designs…here’s one from Bent Creek.
Yah…I thought it would work.
So…I a whim I emailed the company and told them my idea. It was a form email. I didn’t even know if anyone would ever read it. But…they did. The next day I got a very nice email that thanked me for the idea. The person said that my idea was good and the idea was going to be presented at the next meeting.
That made me smile.
Then two days later I got this in the mail with a nice note.
If you can’t read it, the note says, “Hi Jo, Thanks for the great idea about a magnetic stitch gauge. Please enjoy!”
WOW…that is so cool. I’m guessing the company is going to start working on the magnetic stitch gauge with the cross stitch design in the middle. I’m thrilled and super honored that they liked my idea.
Hopefully it’s something they can make. I can guarantee I’ll order one the second they come out.
There were four Needle Nannies in the package. I am gifting one to one of you….are there any cross stitchers out there? If so, leave a comment here on this post and I’ll pick a winner in a couple days.
For you quilters out there….You can find the Needle Nannies with Jo Morton and other great quilty designers designs on them here at Zappy Dots.
They would make a great gift item…..